The Seattle Times reported that Betty Simon died Wednesday after she fell backward into the street at a downtown Metro bus stop and was run over by an articulated bus. A 53-year-old Seattle man was arrested early Thursday and released after police say he bumped into Simon as she waited for a bus. The bicyclist was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and released on his own recognizance. Witnesses also told police the man wobbled as he rode his bike. Police said he had watery eyes, slurred his words, struggled to maintain his balance and smelled of alcohol, according to arresting papers released by the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
Not only is there a potential wrongful death claim against METRO, there is also one against the person or business who furnished the bicyclist alcohol.